Junior shooting sports club auctions off guns, unique items at fall banquet

Money was raised and prizes were won during the Twin Rivers Junior Shooting Sports Banquet and Benefit Saturday night at the Fairgrounds Anderson Building.

There were silent and live auctions, door prizes and raffle drawings for items including guns and outdoor-themed housewares. One of the more unique things being auctioned off was the opportunity to fire two .50-caliber handguns, and a .50-caliber rifle. 100% of the funds raised will go toward the club. Fundraising totals are pending, but program coordinator and rifle instructor Beverly Hilbish says it's grown considerably since its inception.

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The "he" Hilbish was referring to was her husband, John, who is the archery instructor. They started the program when their daughter was 7 years old; she is now 18, and shooting competitively at Ohio State. Hilbish says it's easy to get kids interested in the program.

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Kohl Prose is one of the junior shooting club members. He talks about why this is an important event to attend.

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Many local area businesses and individuals donated or sponsored items up for auction. The next banquet is tentatively scheduled for October 4 of next year.

For more information, contact the Lyon County Extension Office at 341-3220.

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